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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The National Fastpitch Coaches Association revealed today the 54 players voted to the 2022 NFCA Division III All-America teams. This year’s three squads are comprised of student-athletes from 36 different programs representing 10 regions.

Eastern Connecticut State University leads all schools with four players selected, including three on the first team. Four others —Belhaven, Christopher Newport, East Texas Baptist and Salisbury — had three players chosen, while Berry, Bethel (Minn.), Concordia Wisconsin, DePauw, Linfield, Millikin and Texas Lutheran all had two award recipients. Salisbury, with two, was the only other program to place multiple players on the first team.

2022 NFCA Division III All-America Teams

VIDEOS: First Team | Second Team | Third Team

Thirteen players were lucky enough to earn multiple All-America honors, including Christopher Newport’s Kaitlyn Hasty and Texas Lutheran’s Kelly Jurden, who are now three-time All-Americans.

Berry sophomore Anna Jackson led the 11 two-time honorees, and also scored 2022 Diamond Sports/NFCA Catcher of the Year in recognition of being selected as the first-team All-America catcher. She is currently batting .397 with 39 runs, 56 hits, 12 doubles, four triples, nine homers and 42 RBI. Jackson is also a Top 25 finalist for the 2022 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Player of the Year.

Other two-time All-Americans are Kennedy Carruth (Belhaven), Sadie Erickson (Wisconsin-Eau Claire), Gina Followell (Concordia Wisconsin), Grace Heath (Mount Union), Cami Henry (DePauw), Abby Mace (Salisbury), Brooke Matyasovsky (Eastern Connecticut State), Hannah Ritter (Wisconsin-Oshkosh), Ashlyn Strother (Texas Lutheran) and Cassie Woods (Eastern Connecticut State). The remaining 41 players are first-time All-Americans.

Wisconsin-Superior junior Kaela Kraemer, who was earlier voted the second-team All-Region shortstop in Region IX, is the 2022 New Balance/NFCA Golden Shoe Award winner, after a season in which she stole an NCAA Division III-best 71 bases and also ranked first in stolen bases per game (1.69). Kraemer finished fifth in Division III stolen base percentage at .947 (71-for-75).

Twenty four of the 25 finalists for Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Player and Pitcher of the Year honors made an All-America team, including 13 of 18 first-team recipients. And four of the 10 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Freshman of the Year finalists are All-Americans.

Sixteen All-Americans are still playing, as members of six teams which reached the final eight in this year’s NCAA tournament, which resumes Thursday at the James Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va.

The Division III All-America teams are voted on by a committee of NFCA member coaches representing the NCAA’s 10 regions. They select 18 players for each of three teams, unless there is a tie for a third-team slot, in which case the tied players are both awarded honors. All players recognized as All-Region players were eligible for All-America recognition.

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Previous All-America honors for 2022 recipients

Kennedy Carruth (2021 first team), Sadie Erickson (2021 first team), Gina Followell (2021 third team), Grace Heath (2021 third team), Kaitlyn Hasty (2021 second team, 2019 first team), Cami Henry (2021 first team), Anna Jackson (2021 third team), Kelly Jurden (2021 first team, 2019 second team), Abby Mace (2021 first team), Brooke Matyasovsky (2021 first team), Hannah Ritter (2021 third team), Ashlyn Strother (2021 third team) and Cassie Woods (2021 second team). 

Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Freshman of the Year Top 10 finalists on list

Eliza Filus (Kean), Ellie Jones (Belhaven), Kendellyn Davison (Millikin) and Jamie Martin (Christopher Newport).

Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Player and Pitcher of the Year Top 25 finalists on list

Kennedy Carruth (Belhaven), Sophia DiCocco (Tufts), Sadie Erickson (Wisconsin-Eau Claire), Gina Followell (Concordia Wisconsin), Allie Gordon (Belhaven), Kaitlyn Hasty (Christopher Newport), Grace Heath (Mount Union), Cami Henry (DePauw), Anna Jackson (Berry), Ellie Jones (Belhaven), Kelly Jurden (Texas Lutheran), Tayah Kelley (Linfield), Katie Murphy (Susquehanna), Abby Mace (Salisbury), Tristen Maddox (East Texas Baptist), Brooke Matyasovsky (Eastern Connecticut State), Alexis Michon (Eastern Connecticut State), Katie Phillips (Linfield), Julia SanGiovanni (Eastern Connecticut State), Kayla Simacek (Bethel (Minn.), Ashlyn Strother (Texas Lutheran), Haley Ullrich (Alma), Courtney White (East Texas Baptist) and Lindsey Windsor (Salisbury).

Diamond Sports/NFCA Catcher of the Year winners

2022 – Anna Jackson, Berry

2021 – Jessica Goldyn, Virginia Wesleyan

2020 – (award not presented due to COVID-19)  

2019 – Ashley Perez, University of Texas at Tyler  

2018 – Ashley Perez, University of Texas at Tyler  

2017 – Janae Matos, Moravian

2016 – Elaine Walker, Aurora

2015 – Kierin Stevens, University of Texas at Tyler  

2014 – Jo Clair, Tufts

2013 – Michelle Gravdahl, Salisbury

2012 – Emilee Lepp, Linfield

2011 – Emilee Lepp, Linfield

2010 – Tiffany Kruse, Luther

2009 – Jamie Smrdel, John Carroll

2008 – Nicky Neuman, Redlands

2007 – Hannah Shalett, Ithaca

2006 – Nikki Conway, University of St. Thomas (Minn.)

2005 – Brianne Haas, Maryville in St. Louis

2004 – Angela Gonzales, East Texas Baptist

2003 – Gina Utecht, University of St. Thomas (Minn.)

2002 – Shannon Fritzke, Pacific Lutheran

2001 – Annie Van Wetzinga, Central

2000 – Shannon Fritzke, Pacific Lutheran

1999 – Michelle Fowler, Simpson

1998 – Carrie McVicker, John Carroll

1997 – Jerrilyn Acevedo, Montclair State

New Balance/NFCA Golden Shoe Award winners

2022 – Kaela Kraemer, Wisconsin-Superior

2021 – Jessica Goldyn, Virginia Wesleyan

2020 – (award not presented due to COVID-19)  

2019 – Kelly Jurden, Texas Lutheran

2018 – Melissa Livermore, University of Texas at Dallas

2017 – Kiersten Richardson, Virginia Wesleyan

2016 – Courtney Bogan, Virginia Wesleyan

2015 – Nina Murphy-Cook, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

2014 – Kayla Malkos, Virginia Wesleyan

2013 – Amanda Genovese, Brandeis

2012 – Crystal Lee, The College of New Jersey

2011 – Stephanie Vanoudenhaegen, Pacific (Ore.)

2010 – Katie Stalker, Wisconsin-Eau Claire

2009 – Jenna Patnode, Keene State

2008 – Lindsay Shepherd, Capital

2007 – Lindsay Shepherd, Capital

2006 – Carrie Embree, University of St. Thomas (Minn.)

2005 – Mary Greenway, Ferrum

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